Kenya: Floods Emergency Appeal n° MDRKE025 Final Report


Period covered by this Final Report: 22 April to 31 December 2013.

Appeal target (current): CHF 3,538,548.

Appeal coverage: 37%;

Appeal history:

  • This Emergency Appeal was initially launched on 22 April 2013 for CHF 3,538,548 for 6 months to assist 52,183 beneficiaries.

  • Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF): CHF 350,000 was initially allocated from the Federation’s Disaster Relief Emergency Fund (DREF) to support the National Society to respond.

  • Operations Update n°1 was issued on 23 May, 2013 to provide an update on the coordination efforts around the response operation as well as inform on the donor interest and support to the appeal.

  • Operations Update n°2 was issued on 31 May, 2013 while operations Update n°3 was issued on 14 November, 2013 and extended the operational timeframe by two months, to be completed by 31 December 2013.

Summary: The March-April-May (MAM) seasonal rainfall which began in early April caused severe flooding conditions that lead to evacuation of communities affected and displaced by the floods and landslides. The forecast for March to May 2013 was based on the prevailing and expected Sea Surface Temperature Anomalies (SSTAs) over the Pacific, Indian and Atlantic Oceans. The Kenya Red Cross Society (KRCS) conducted an initial rapid assessment between 1 and 15 April, 2013 in all the regions.
Approximately 9,865 households were affected by the floods, and displaced to safer grounds. Since the floods began in early April, more than 141,994 persons (28,735 HH) were displaced with a total of 96 floods associated deaths and 20 injuries being reported. Estimated arable farmland of 13,895 acres was destroyed, with over 77 cows, 2,867 goats and 500 chickens reported dead.

As a result of this disaster, an Emergency Appeal was launched to assist in the response operation with an initial implementation period of six months – until 31 October, 2013. KRCS jointly with Partners, humanitarian actors and the Government of Kenya continuously responded to the floods through search and rescue missions, provision of shelter and Non-Food Items (NFIs), provision of safe water and sanitation services, basic health care and logistical support to the affected population. Some of the items distributed included Non Food Item kits reaching a total of 12,271 households. Emergency food was also distributed to a total of 1,301 households in addition to emergency health care which was provided to 23,259 persons. The water, sanitation and hygiene promotion that occurred during this emergency appeal reached a total of 15,205 households.

In order to allow for the finalization of some activities related to water and sanitation as well as undertake an internal evaluation of the floods response operation, including a lessons learned exercise, the Appeal operation timeframe was extended until 31 December, 2013.

The major donors and partners of this appeal includes the American Red Cross, Danish Red Cross and Danish Government, Japanese Red Cross, Norwegian Red Cross and Norwegian Government, Red Cross of Monaco, Swedish Red Cross, Taiwan Red Cross, Canadian Red Cross Society and Canadian Government and VERF/WHO Voluntary Emergency Relief. On behalf of the Kenyan Red Cross Society, IFRC would like to sincerely thank all partners for their generous contributions and support to this Emergency Appeal.

The unspent balance at the close of the operation will be transferred to the East Africa Regional Disaster Management project under the annual appeal to support disaster management activities.